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  • Open sourcing Exchange Web Services (EWS) Java API

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    Office 365 Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Victor Boctor is a principal architect on the Exchange team. Our last release of Exchange Web Services Java API was in January 2013 (see blog post). Since then, we’ve received feedback about several issues with our model for supporting the Java client APIs. These issues include: License is restrictive. It doesn’t allow sharing of source code modifications except with Microsoft. Hard to contribute. The project doesn’t utilize collaboration platforms like CodePlex or GitHub to facilitate the process for contributing bugs, reports, patches, and other kinds of contributions. Release cycle.
  • Microsoft’s $29.6 billion scam: Tech giant leads the way in tax-avoiding innovation

    Microsoft - Bing News
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Reading companies’ annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission is a reliable cure for insomnia. Every so often, though, there is a significant revelation in the paperwork. This year, one of the most important revelations came from Microsoft ...
  • Announcing new F12 dev tools features in August update

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    ieblog
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Today we’re excited to share all the F12 features that shipped in the August update to IE11! In April, we shipped a swath of new features of F12 Developer Tools in Internet Explorer 11 focusing on providing accurate data in the DOM Explorer, actionable data in the memory and performance tools and a smoother debugging experience with Just My Code. With the IE Developer Channel in June we previewed more features in the F12 Developer Tools and now all of these features are shipping out to all of our customers. It’s a long list which you’ll find below or on MSDN but the highlights are:…
  • Redmi 1S to Launch in India at Rs 5,999 on September 2nd

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    Vijay
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    MI India today announced that its second smartphone release, the Redmi 1S, will be on sale from 2pm on September 2nd at Rs 5,999/- and pre-registrations for device will begin on August 26th at 6pm exclusively through its e-commerce partner, Flipkart. Similar to the MI3, The Redmi 1S will be available only to those who have registered by midnight on September 1st at www.flipkart.com/Mi and they will be eligible to purchase the phone from September 2nd onwards. Redmi 1S is going to be powered with - 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 (HD) IPS display delivers superfine text and crisp photos. AGC…
  • Use Bing Rewards, Get Free 2 Day Shipping from Microsoft Store

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    tedroduner
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Looking for an Xbox One or a new all-in-one PC?  How about a Surface 3 or an HTC One?  We’re teaming with the Microsoft Store to make that easier.   Starting today and running through November 1st, people who shop on the Microsoft Store will get free two-day shipping on orders over $75.  If you have a Bing Rewards account linked to your Microsoft Account, all you need to do is select the two-day shipping option at check-out.  Not yet a Bing Rewards member?   We’ll prompt you during check out so you can take advantage of the deal.   We aren’t stopping there.  If you have…
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  • Open sourcing Exchange Web Services (EWS) Java API

    Office 365 Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Victor Boctor is a principal architect on the Exchange team. Our last release of Exchange Web Services Java API was in January 2013 (see blog post). Since then, we’ve received feedback about several issues with our model for supporting the Java client APIs. These issues include: License is restrictive. It doesn’t allow sharing of source code modifications except with Microsoft. Hard to contribute. The project doesn’t utilize collaboration platforms like CodePlex or GitHub to facilitate the process for contributing bugs, reports, patches, and other kinds of contributions. Release cycle.
  • Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 013 with Chakkaradeep Chandran on Office 365 APIs in Visual Studio

    Office 365 Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    In episode 13, Jeremy Thake chats to Chakkaradeep Chandran about the Office 365 APIs in Visual Studio and some of his open source projects. http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP13_ChakkaradeepChandran.mp3 Download the podcast. Weekly updates Introduction to Office 365 Development training available on-demand from Microsoft Virtual Academy—for free on blogs.office.com Using the HttpClient Class with SharePoint 2013 REST API by Steve Curran Using the Exchange Online EWSs API with Office 365 API via Azure AD  by Jeremy Thake System update for SharePoint list items…
  • Expanding the classroom to global proportions with Office 365

    Office 365 Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Lindsay Parenteau, senior student, University of Massachusetts, shares her experience with Office 365. It wasn’t until my senior year as a biochemistry student at UMass that I experienced the potential of cloud computing. I had signed up for an elective course called Decision Making in the Age of Cloud Computing. It’s a combination of biology and business studies where we work with students from around the world to research the efficacy of different biotech companies. We used productivity tools to literally erase the geographical and time zone barriers of working with team members in…
  • Access your work files with the new OneDrive for Android app

    Office 365 Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Reuben Krippner is a director of product management for Office 365. The lines between work and personal life have blurred. People use the same devices for work and personal purposes. Anywhere and anytime, people need to be able to easily access, share, edit and collaborate on the files that matter to them.  Today we are excited to announce the first OneDrive for Business native experience on Android, part of a significant update to the existing personal OneDrive app. It’s our first app that brings together OneDrive and OneDrive for Business in a single experience. Now, people who use…
  • Search for sensitive content in SharePoint and OneDrive documents

    SharePoint Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wesley Holley is a program manager on the Office 365 team and Shobhit Sahay is the technical product manager on the Office 365 team. Responsible organizations today use a variety of controls and policies to keep their data safe and secure. These controls become even more crucial if the data involved is sensitive information, which can range from industry-wide data (such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or customer information) to proprietary information (such as patents or confidential documents). Protecting this sensitive data is important because it enables organizations to…
 
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  • Microsoft’s $29.6 billion scam: Tech giant leads the way in tax-avoiding innovation

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Reading companies’ annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission is a reliable cure for insomnia. Every so often, though, there is a significant revelation in the paperwork. This year, one of the most important revelations came from Microsoft ...
  • Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe - source

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    BEIJING/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, the company said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company.
  • Microsoft's OneDrive Android app merges personal, professional

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Microsoft is trying to make it easier for users to distinguish when they are saving and accessing content in OneDrive consumer vs. OneDrive for Business. Microsoft Microsoft has released an updated version of its OneDrive for Android cloud-storage app that ...
  • Microsoft CEO to Visit China Amid Antitrust Probe

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella will travel to China in late September amid an anti-trust investigation by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce. “Satya's trip was planned before the Chinese government investigation began. We’re ...
  • Microsoft finally tries to de-crap the Windows Store

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    The Windows Store has come under fire recently for its sheer amount of misleading apps. Scam apps that claim to offer downloads or training for other applications are abundant, and these bogus programs routinely abuse others' trademarks. This situation ...
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  • Announcing new F12 dev tools features in August update

    ieblog
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Today we’re excited to share all the F12 features that shipped in the August update to IE11! In April, we shipped a swath of new features of F12 Developer Tools in Internet Explorer 11 focusing on providing accurate data in the DOM Explorer, actionable data in the memory and performance tools and a smoother debugging experience with Just My Code. With the IE Developer Channel in June we previewed more features in the F12 Developer Tools and now all of these features are shipping out to all of our customers. It’s a long list which you’ll find below or on MSDN but the highlights are:…
  • August updates for Internet Explorer

    ieblog
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    The August update for Internet Explorer includes updates to the WebGL and F12 features, in addition to the latest security updates. As discussed on the Windows blog, we’ll continue to use our existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements in addition to security updates. New features for Internet Explorer 11 The update includes four feature improvements, based on customer and developer feedback. Some of these improvements were previewed in the Internet Explorer Developer Channel and are now ready for release thanks to your feedback. Improvements to F12 Developer Tools…
  • Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer

    ieblog
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    As we shared in May, Microsoft is prioritizing helping users stay up-to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Today we would like to share important information on migration resources, upgrade guidance, and details on support timelines to help you plan for moving to the latest Internet Explorer browser for your operating system. Microsoft offers innovative and transformational services for a mobile-first and cloud-first world, so you can do more and achieve more; Internet Explorer is core to this vision.  In today’s digital world, billions of people use…
  • Internet Explorer begins blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls

    ieblog
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering a more secure browser, starting September 9th Internet Explorer will block out-of-date ActiveX controls. Note: The original post stated that the ActiveX blocking would begin on August 12th. Please refer to the addendum for further details. ActiveX controls are small apps that let Web sites provide content, like videos and games, and let you interact with content like toolbars. Unfortunately, because many ActiveX controls aren’t automatically updated, they can become outdated as new versions are released. It’s very important that you…
  • The Mobile Web should just work for everyone

    ieblog
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Update 8/4/2014 - Developers can now preview these updates by joining the Windows Phone Preview for Developers or downloading the Windows Phone 8.1 Update Emulator. Details on platform changes described in this post can be found on MSDN. We have also published updated best practices on updating tailored sites to support standards. Windows Phone 8.1 Update includes hundreds of Internet Explorer 11 enhancements that greatly increase compatibility with the mobile web. Based on your feedback, we pursued a web experience for IE users consistent with what is available on iOS and Android…
 
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  • Redmi 1S to Launch in India at Rs 5,999 on September 2nd

    Vijay
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    MI India today announced that its second smartphone release, the Redmi 1S, will be on sale from 2pm on September 2nd at Rs 5,999/- and pre-registrations for device will begin on August 26th at 6pm exclusively through its e-commerce partner, Flipkart. Similar to the MI3, The Redmi 1S will be available only to those who have registered by midnight on September 1st at www.flipkart.com/Mi and they will be eligible to purchase the phone from September 2nd onwards. Redmi 1S is going to be powered with - 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 (HD) IPS display delivers superfine text and crisp photos. AGC…
  • OnePlus One Review; Is it really a Flagship Killer Smartphone?

    Vijay
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    In this article, let’s talk about a device which is often referred as a 2014 flagship killer. Why is it called so?  This device is priced as a budget phone, but has the specs, features, design and user experience of a high end smartphone. That makes it worth the hype. OnePlus is a technology startup committed to bringing the best possible technology to users around the world. Created around the mantra Never Settle, OnePlus works towards creating beautifully designed devices with premium build quality. OnePlus One is the first smartphone from this start-up. This write-up concentrates…
  • Microsoft announce preview of DocumentDB & Azure Search

    Vijay
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Many applications use search as the primary interaction pattern for their users. Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that allows developers and cloud architects to embed a sophisticated search experience into web and mobile applications without having to worry about the complexities of full-text search and without having to deploy, maintain, or manage any infrastructure. With Azure Search, a developer can enable the power of searching data in their application, reduce the complexity around managing and tuning a search index, and get up and running quickly using familiar interfaces…
  • Alcatel OneTouch launch Idol Series and Hero smartphones

    Vijay
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Alcatel One Touch, a brand of TCL Communication and one of the top ten mobile phone manufacturing company in the world, today launched a new series of smartphones for its customers in India with a focus on south and west regions. The launch announced smartphones in two series; Idol and Hero. The two series consist of smartphones in the mid and high range and are targeted at consumers across various age groups. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Steven Zhao, Country Manager APAC – India Business Unit said, “We are delighted to launch our series of smartphones specially designed to cater to the…
  • Security and threat information exchange: Microsoft Interflow

    Vijay
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    Today, Microsoft announced the private preview of Microsoft Interflow, a security and threat information exchange platform for analysts and researchers working in cybersecurity. Interflow uses industry specifications to create an automated, machine-readable feed of threat and security information that can be shared across industries and groups in near real-time. The goal of the platform is to help security professionals respond more quickly to threats. It will also help reduce cost of defense by automating processes that are currently performed manually. Benefits of Microsoft Interflow…
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  • Use Bing Rewards, Get Free 2 Day Shipping from Microsoft Store

    tedroduner
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Looking for an Xbox One or a new all-in-one PC?  How about a Surface 3 or an HTC One?  We’re teaming with the Microsoft Store to make that easier.   Starting today and running through November 1st, people who shop on the Microsoft Store will get free two-day shipping on orders over $75.  If you have a Bing Rewards account linked to your Microsoft Account, all you need to do is select the two-day shipping option at check-out.  Not yet a Bing Rewards member?   We’ll prompt you during check out so you can take advantage of the deal.   We aren’t stopping there.  If you have…
  • 헬로우 월드 (Hello, World)

    Bing Maps Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    In October 2012, I was sent on a mission to get coverage for Korea in Bing Maps. And, let me tell you…it was not easy. When I started my mission, our maps looked a little something like this: Having been to Seoul several times over the last few years, I can assure you there are more than the eight roads you see above. As such, I set out to find the best quality map data available and chose to partner with SK Planet as our maps provider. South Korea is a complex market with specific rules around the use of map data, so we had to get really creative in our implementation. Over the last 18…
  • Web Spam Filtering

    igorrondel
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    As I mentioned in the July 15 blog introducing Bing Index Quality, one of the key dimensions of our work is web spam detection and filtering. The overview of our approach to this complex problem will be the focus of today’s update. What is web spam? On the surface, our definition is fairly straightforward and intuitive. We think of a webpage as spam if its owner uses black hat SEO techniques in an effort to game our search algorithms with the goal of gaining undeserved ranking for this page or other pages in the spammer’s network. Simple, right? In reality, however, it’s often anything…
  • Bing Maps Expands Transit Features in Japan

    Bing Maps Team
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    We recently enhanced Bing Maps with greater transit coverage and additional transit-related features in Japan, helping get you to your destination as smoothly as possible. Expanded transit coverage               With this release, we’ve expanded the number of agencies and routes in Bing Maps. This means that no matter where you’re heading in Japan, if there’s a transit route that can get you there, we know about it and can tell you how to use it. This is great news both for tourists and commuters, whether your commute is short or you have a meeting in another city.
  • Over 100 New Streetside and 3D Cities Go Live on Bing Maps

    Bing Maps Team
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    If you’re headed out on a last-minute vacation this summer, you can preview that special place on Bing Maps. We have been busy driving and flying to bring you more cities to view before you travel. We recently surpassed the 100-city mark for both our Streetside imagery and our 3D cities, and there are a host of vacation favorites among them. New Streetside cities Drive right up to your destination with Streetside imagery. You can see Streetside imagery in both Bing Maps and the Bing Maps Preview app exclusively available on Windows 8.1. With this release, Streetside passes 100 cities and…
 
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  • MSDN Blogs - MSDN Blogs

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Learn more about the MSDN Blog Platform at the MSDN Blogs - Help blog! Provide Site Feedback on MSDN Blogs. Check on the status of the MSDN blogs at MSDN and TechNet ...
  • Blogs | The ASP.NET Site

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    ASP.NET Community Blogs. Recent Blog Posts. Subscribe via rss. RSS Feed. Recent Popular Tags.NET .Net Framework angularjs AngularJS ...
  • Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Official Microsoft Developer Network blog providing the latest news and information about the operating system.
  • Blogs : The Official Microsoft IIS Site

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Read or subscribe to IIS blogs. Bill Staple's blog and other Microsoft IIS team blogs.
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    28 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    MSDN Blogs > Developer Tools Blogs. Server & Tools Blogs > Developer Tools Blogs. Executive Bloggers. Scott Guthrie; S. Somasegar; Brian Harry; Steve Guggenheimer ...
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  • Use Bing Rewards, Get Free 2 Day Shipping from Microsoft Store

    tedroduner
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Looking for an Xbox One or a new all-in-one PC?  How about a Surface 3 or an HTC One?  We’re teaming with the Microsoft Store to make that easier.   Starting today and running through November 1st, people who shop on the Microsoft Store will get free two-day shipping on orders over $75.  If you have a Bing Rewards account linked to your Microsoft Account, all you need to do is select the two-day shipping option at check-out.  Not yet a Bing Rewards member?   We’ll prompt you during check out so you can take advantage of the deal.   We aren’t stopping there.  If you have…
  • 헬로우 월드 (Hello, World)

    Bing Maps Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    In October 2012, I was sent on a mission to get coverage for Korea in Bing Maps. And, let me tell you…it was not easy. When I started my mission, our maps looked a little something like this: Having been to Seoul several times over the last few years, I can assure you there are more than the eight roads you see above. As such, I set out to find the best quality map data available and chose to partner with SK Planet as our maps provider. South Korea is a complex market with specific rules around the use of map data, so we had to get really creative in our implementation. Over the last 18…
  • Web Spam Filtering

    igorrondel
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    As I mentioned in the July 15 blog introducing Bing Index Quality, one of the key dimensions of our work is web spam detection and filtering. The overview of our approach to this complex problem will be the focus of today’s update. What is web spam? On the surface, our definition is fairly straightforward and intuitive. We think of a webpage as spam if its owner uses black hat SEO techniques in an effort to game our search algorithms with the goal of gaining undeserved ranking for this page or other pages in the spammer’s network. Simple, right? In reality, however, it’s often anything…
  • Bing Maps Expands Transit Features in Japan

    Bing Maps Team
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    We recently enhanced Bing Maps with greater transit coverage and additional transit-related features in Japan, helping get you to your destination as smoothly as possible. Expanded transit coverage               With this release, we’ve expanded the number of agencies and routes in Bing Maps. This means that no matter where you’re heading in Japan, if there’s a transit route that can get you there, we know about it and can tell you how to use it. This is great news both for tourists and commuters, whether your commute is short or you have a meeting in another city.
  • Over 100 New Streetside and 3D Cities Go Live on Bing Maps

    Bing Maps Team
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    If you’re headed out on a last-minute vacation this summer, you can preview that special place on Bing Maps. We have been busy driving and flying to bring you more cities to view before you travel. We recently surpassed the 100-city mark for both our Streetside imagery and our 3D cities, and there are a host of vacation favorites among them. New Streetside cities Drive right up to your destination with Streetside imagery. You can see Streetside imagery in both Bing Maps and the Bing Maps Preview app exclusively available on Windows 8.1. With this release, Streetside passes 100 cities and…
 
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  • Here's how to get your refund if you bought a misleading Windows Store app

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Microsoft this week outlined the steps it's taking to combat the problem of apps in its Windows Store that have misleading names or descriptions. In a blog entry posted Wednesday, Todd Brix, Microsoft's general manager of Windows Apps and Store, wrote: Every app store finds its own balance between app quality and choice, which in turn opens the door to people trying to game the system with misleading titles or descriptions. Our approach has long been to create and enforce strong but transparent policies to govern our certification and store experience. Earlier this year we heard loud and…
  • Report: Microsoft CEO Nadella going to China as China investigates Microsoft for antitrust

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is scheduled to visit China next month, according to a report Thursday from Reuters. The visit would be coming amid a Chinese government antitrust investigation of Microsoft, though it was unclear whether Nadella would be meeting Chinese government officials to discuss the investigation, according to the Reuters report, which cited a source familiar with the matter. In addition to the antitrust investigation, there are a number of other issues Microsoft is dealing with in China, including mass layoffs of workers at its Nokia facilities in China -- layoffs that…
  • Microsoft to start selling standalone Kinect sensor for Xbox One in October

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    Microsoft is launching a standalone version of its Kinect voice- and motion-sensor for the Xbox One. The standalone Kinect sensor will sell for $150, bundled with Dance Central Spotlight, starting Oct. 7. When Microsoft launched Xbox One in November, it came bundled with the Kinect voice- and motion-sensor, and sold for $500. That may not have been the wisest move. The $500 price came in at $100 more than Sony's PlayStation 4, which also launched in November. Sony's gaming console has been outselling the Xbox One for months now. In April, Microsoft said it had sold 5 million Xbox One consoles…
 
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  • Confessions of a Microsoft enthusiast: the best in class problem

    Kip Kniskern
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about Microsoft and its relationship with consumer enthusiasts like myself and the readers of this blog recently. Even though I’ve been lax on posting, my enthusiasm for Microsoft and its consumer products hasn’t waned. I got into this blogging game as an offshoot of Microsoft beta testing, a way for me to get the latest and greatest Microsoft products (for free, yay!), and almost more importantly, connect with others like myself. Back then, Microsoft was engaged in a full-on push to woo consumers. But more than choosing Microsoft in order to get…
  • On the Threshold of Windows 9: Preview said to arrive late September

    Kip Kniskern
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    “Threshold” is the code name of the next version of Windows, and according to a report today by Mary Jo Foley, it’s coming soon. Mary Jo reports that according to her multiple sources, the new OS will enter a public Technology Preview in late September, with a final version to be released in the spring of 2015. The new OS will build upon Windows 8, but is said to include a “mini-Start menu”, the end of the “Charms bar”, the ability to run Metro/Modern apps in windows on the desktop, Cortana integration, and virtual desktops. According to Foley, the…
  • Continue your conversation with Bing

    Kip Kniskern
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    A few years ago when Microsoft rebranded Live Search to Bing, it promised to move beyond the “10 blue lines” that described Google search at the time. In the years since that, search has indeed moved well beyond those 10 blue lines, first with the introduction of Siri and Google Now, followed closely behind by Cortana, all providing voice recognition and natural language searches, connection with mobile device elements like calendars and contact lists, and a more “conversational” approach to search. Bing, too, is moving toward a more conversational approach to search,…
  • Windows Phone Cyan / Dev Preview update, an easier way

    Kip Kniskern
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Just now I wrote about the hoops I jumped through to get a fully working and fully updated Windows Phone, which is now running Nokia’s Cyan update and the Windows Phone 8.1.1 update. In short, there has been an issue with updating directly from Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview to Cyan, which is a Nokia specific update that includes the final bits of Windows Phone 8.1 but also some firmware updates, including Bluetooth 4 LE, so it’s worth making the upgrade to the “official” bits. However, in order to revert your Developer Preview enabled phone, you have had to run…
  • Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 now available

    Kip Kniskern
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last week in China, Joe Belfiore announced that Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 would be available to “developers” soon, and indeed today, it’s here. The update includes significant updates to IE 11 for Windows Phone, a new take on “Live Folders”, additions to SMS and VPN management, and brings Cortana to more markets (specifically China and the UK, with Canada, India, and Australia coming on board under an “Alpha” status). In case you haven’t been following along at home, Microsoft “solved” the problem of having to wait for mobile…
 
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  • Too much to ask

    Craig Bailey
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Reply from Malcolm Gladwell when asked about a child’s birth month being an advantage (emphasis mine): Question: In Outliers, you discuss why a hugely disproportionate number of professional hockey and soccer players are born in January, February and March. I can’t begin to imagine how many to-be parents you influenced to try and have their offspring be born in those months! MG: Well, I have heard that some parents took that to heart. I should add, however, that when it comes to academic achievement, the problem of being the youngest in class is most pronounced for kids with…
  • Startup Reviews

    Craig Bailey
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    I’m thinking of starting a new tech blog called Startup Reviews*, where I review every single new startup that I hear about. Without exception I’ll predict they will fail, and I’ll further predict they will fail within 2 years. Regardless of how good their product idea, what their business model is, or previous success. I’ll just blanket predict they will fail. After a year or two I’ll start quietly bragging about my high percentage of correct predictions (likely to be around 80%), and position myself as an industry veteran** who can spot a failure a mile away.
  • Microsoft. Saves You Time

    Craig Bailey
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    I’d love that as a new tagline. I’ve really enjoyed reading some of the analysis of Satya’s memo. In addition to the ones I mentioned in my earlier post, I’ve found these to be particularly interesting: this, this and this. There seems to be three main areas people are focussing on: It’s wordy and bloated There’s going to be job cuts Oh, and we’re not selling Xbox I’m only interested in the first point, since it was the main reaction I had as well. There’s so much talk of experiences and productivity and empowerment, that it quickly…
  • Google Fucktardery

    Craig Bailey
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The always awesome Aaron Wall lets loose with another blistering rebuke of Google’s regular business practices. When Google complains about censorship, they are not really complaining about what may be, but what already is. Their only problem is the idea that someone other than themselves should have any input in the process. Definitely worth a read. It’s a tricky area for me, since in large part I make my living dealing with both the good and bad of Google. The pendulum swings both ways of course, but in recent years they’ve swung firmly into evil territory. The post…
  • Feels

    Craig Bailey
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Why is that stories like the following really get to me: This Story Of A Dog’s Last Day On Earth Is Beautiful And Utterly Heartbreaking Photoshop Request: My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo? The Battle We Didn’t Choose but the savagery, cruelty and tragedy contained in the paper every day have no effect? The post Feels appeared first on Craig Bailey.
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  • Update on Windows support for new Russian Time Zones

    M3 Sweatt
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    As noted in my blog post earlier this month, the Russian Federation passed a new law which changes all of the current time zones used in the Federation. (A highlight from the venerable BBC is available here.) As noted, the changes will take effect October 26, 2014, and essentially moves many existing time zones back one hour, and create two new time zones. These new time zones will not observe daylight saving time (aka DST). (Which reminds me: we have also outlined recommendations to help achieve more seamless transitions to new DST and time zone policies on…
  • Available now: August 2014 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems

    M3 Sweatt
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    The August 2014 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems has been released and is available as Microsoft KB 2981580. As noted, the update replaces the previous December 2013 CU (KB 2904266) and includes all the time zone and daylight saving time changes released as hotfixes after update KB 2904266 was released. The following changes were made since the previous Windows cumulative time zone update: Jordan Standard Time: For 2014 and onward, Jordan has changed its DST Start time from the last Thursday in March at midnight to the last Friday in March at 1 A.M., and its DST…
  • Available now: Update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows

    M3 Sweatt
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    To continue the Russian theme this month, you might’ve noticed that in addition to getting eleven new time zones, Russia is has a new symbol for the ruble. I’m happy to note the arrival of the update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows, as outlined in Microsoft KB 2970228: …the new Russian ruble symbol can be input by using the physical keyboard, Windows on-screen keyboard (osk.exe), or Tablet PC Input Panel (Tabtip.exe) in Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008…
  • Russian Federation Permanently Switches to Winter Time October 26, 2014: Changes to Microsoft Products

    M3 Sweatt
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    (Update 082214: Please see the new post Update on Windows support for new Russian Time Zones with more information on the upcoming update.) Back in 2011, I wrote on the Microsoft corporate blog about the of daylight saving time in the Russian Federation. Then in 2012, I noted Russia considered a return to Winter Time in 2012. If my very poor knowledge of Russian proverbs is correct: Бог тро́ицу лю́бит. In other words, “Third time’s a charm.” (I’m also reminded of the saying, “There was a time they loved an accordionist, and now the time…
  • My Own Accessibility Experience

    M3 Sweatt
    1 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
      “So, what happened to your blog?” That’s a quest I got on Friday at the office from one of my associates. She asked why I had posted fewer and fewer posts per month until about a year ago, and then nearly nothing at all, save a few posts which were more general updates than insights or preaching in front of the fence with a bucket full of brushes. (Some of you will understand that reference in relationship to how I spend many days at the office.) Let me take you back, I explained. Bear with me for a moment as a I get this out. Some of you won’t find this as informative or…
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    Webmaster Blog

  • Web Spam Filtering

    igorrondel
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    As I mentioned in the July 15 blog introducing Bing Index Quality, one of the key dimensions of our work is web spam detection and filtering. The overview of our approach to this complex problem will be the focus of today’s update. What is web spam? On the surface, our definition is fairly straightforward and intuitive. We think of a webpage as spam if its owner uses black hat SEO techniques in an effort to game our search algorithms with the goal of gaining undeserved ranking for this page or other pages in the spammer’s network. Simple, right? In reality, however, it’s often anything…
  • Resetting Expectations – What Business Today Needs To Learn

    Duane Forrester
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Today’s new businesses have much in common with their older counterparts. The need to acquire new leads, drive revenue, market their product or service. The need to manage overhead, do more with less and stay one step ahead of the competition. So from, say 1974 to 2014, some things haven’t changed much. One thing you never started a business without “back in the day” was a business plan. And that same thinking should be in place today, but in a lot of cases for new businesses, it’s missing. And that’s a problem. See, a business plan literally lists out your plan for the next 5…
  • Bing-Inc Roadshow Final Stop: Houston

    Duane Forrester
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    The Bing/Inc Roadshow is coming to an end. It’s been a jam packed tour for the last 4 events in Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston, with capacity crowds, excellent questions and easy access to answers. The panel, with industry heavyweights such as Maisha Walker of Message Medium, Bruce Clay of Bruce Clay Inc, Marty Weintraub of aimClear (and myself) is set to meet up again during the final road show event in Houston, Texas. It promises to be another evening jam packed with useful information, tips and tricks. These largely audience-led conversations focus almost entirely on what the…
  • Bing Site Safety Page

    igorrondel
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Malware, and the possibility of infection, is an unfortunate reality facing internet users today. At Bing, we take our job of providing a safe searching experience to our customers very seriously and this anti-malware effort is one of the core elements of the Bing Index Quality charter. We’ve been in this game for many years and have developed comprehensive solutions that minimize user’s risk of infection and maintain the integrity of our index. Inevitably, we get many questions from Webmasters and Bing users about our malware detections and warnings as well as how to clean up and…
  • Usability, Content and Calendars: 3 Areas To Understand And Focus On

    Duane Forrester
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    For every business online come an almost limitless number of areas to learn about, become proficient in and continually work on. Many people end up good in an area because repetition and the “school of hard knocks” teaches them a workable path. And while some areas are no brainers (knowing your product, for example), they still can present legitimate challenges to a business. Areas like Usability often get talked about, but are just as often overlooked, underfunded or skipped entirely for a lack of thorough understanding of the topic. Creating content is a hot topic these days, but the…
 
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    The Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog

  • Acceptance Testing Made Easy with F# and Canopy Why acceptance testing?

    MVP Award Program
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    Editor’s note: The following post was written by Visual Studio ALM MVP Amir Barylko  Acceptance Testing Made Easy with F# and Canopy Why acceptance testing? Writing tests is part of our development cycle. Most teams I work with have some kind of testing in place. In most cases I found that the tests are a mix of unit tests and integration tests. A unit test is a test for one class or, more specifically, one method. All the collaborators should be faked in order to avoid coupling and to make sure the test is for the class and not for the dependencies. An integration test is…
  • MVP Mentors Imagine Cup Team Estimeet to Big Win

    MVP Award Program
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    34 teams from all over the world met in Seattle for the 2014 Imagine Cup World Finals.  These were the best of the best, selected from tens of thousands of students, and each of their projects were unique and impressive.  When it came to innovation, one team stood above the rest. "We're feeling pretty unreal, it feels like a dream," says Imagine Cup Innovation Winners, Team Estimeet.  The New Zealand team took the top prize in the innovation category with their Windows Phone app that provides a user-friendly solution to a common problem among friends, being late.  Everyone…
  • SQL Server High Availability in Windows Azure Iaas

    MVP Award Program
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Editor’s note: In partnership with Microsoft Press, now celebrating their 30th year, MVPs have been contributing to an ongoing guest series on their official team blog. Today’s article is from Cluster MVP David Bermingham which is the 44th in the series. SQL Server High Availability in Windows Azure Iaas When deploying SQL Server in Windows Azure you must consider how to minimize both planned and unplanned downtime. Because you have given up control of the physical infrastructure, you cannot always determine when maintenance periods will occur. Also, just because you have given…
  • How to Retrieve Contact ID and Update Contact Details in Microsoft CRM 2013 Contact Entity Using C#

    MVP Award Program
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    Editor’s note: The following post was written by Visual C# MVP Ming Man Chan  In order to connect and manipulate the data in Microsoft CRM 2013, the developer can download the MS CRM 2013 SDK (http://www.microsoft.com/en-my/download/details.aspx?id=40321). The CRM SDK uses different patterns to do the CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) operations. The simplest pattern for me is using the LINQ expression.  In my experience, not all the update operation can use the LINQ expression but you can definitely do the Read operation using LINQ easily. This article divided into…
  • Primer on Power BI (Business Intelligence)

    MVP Award Program
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Editor’s note: The following post was written by SQL Server MVP Mark Tabladillo Power BI is new and emerging self-service business intelligence and business analytics framework brings together and enhances key Microsoft technologies: Office SQL Server Azure SharePoint Fundamentally, Power BI is considered a premium Office option, because Microsoft licenses it that way.  Yet, the technology details also comprise new collaboration technologies for SQL Server, Azure and SharePoint.  A successful technology collaboration will have boundaries which could arguably belong to one…
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    DHA Today

  • 30+ Best Cotton Abayas Collection for Summers

    DHA Today
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Words like Abaya, Burkah, Khimar and Jilbab are now widely used across our society. As the awareness regarding modest fashion and style increased among females they are getting more informed about their choices. These terms actually refer to a clothing line which you wear over your default clothes with an aim to cover yourself from […]
  • 6th Independence Day Cup Open Golf Championship 2014

    DHA Today
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The 6th Independence Day Cup Open Golf Championship 2014 concluded at Defence Authority Country & Golf Club here on Sunday evening with Shabbir Iqbal of Islamabad Golf Club (IGC) winning the coveted trophy of the high profile DHA tournament. Comd 5 Corps and President Executive Board, DHA Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani was the chief guest. […]
  • Azadi Celebrations at Dolmen Mall Clifton, Karachi

    DHA Today
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    With national spirit at its peak on Independence Day, Dolmen Mall Clifton was the platform to one of the most enriching and patriotic experiences of the crowded city of Karachi. This event not only became the contemporary word of mouth, but also two days of memorable experience for all age groups – descending till past […]
  • 100 Yards Commercial Plot For Sale in Peninsula Commercial, DHA Karachi (Phase-VIII)

    DHA Today
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    100 Square Yards Commercial Open Plot is available for sale in the Peninsula Commercial of DHA Karachi Phase VIII (Phase 08) located on the 28th Street between Khayaban-e-Babar and Khayaban-e-Tipu Sultan. [View Map]. There is a 35′ Wide Service Lane in front of this plot along with 40′ Wide 28th Street. Peninsula Commercial lies in the […]
  • Kill the Summer Wave with Juicylicious!

    DHA Today
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    K-town has always been the unloved child of the winters- firstly winter barely makes an entrance and when it does, it lasts not more than fifteen days. The people of K-town have these fifteen (15) days to enjoy the winter wear, the dry fruits and the seasonal flu. The arrival and exit of the winter […]
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    Windows Lifestyle

  • Freely Backup and Restore SQL Server Database from Anywhere using SQLBak

    AJ
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Backup plays an important role in ensuring the longer data availability as it helps user to restore lost, damaged or corrupted data when disaster strikes. Many organizations tends to rely Check full article at WindowsLifestyle.com
  • Lost Your Data or Partitions? Now Get It Back Using Hetman Recovery Software

    AJ
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    A good day might eventually turn into a bad day when you accidentally lost or deleted an important partition of your hard drive. Losing an entire partition would be a Check full article at WindowsLifestyle.com
  • Tips to Design a Professional Ecommerce Website

    Nitin Agarwal
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:14 am
    Professional Ecommerce Design Every ecommerce site must be designed by an experienced professional to get a neat ecommerce design. Web stores are designed to increase profits for businesses, but these stores Check full article at WindowsLifestyle.com
  • EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition – Review

    AJ
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Windows users provided with functionality to resize, copy/move, change drive letter name etc. to customize their PC and managing the storage drive efficiently. The utility known as ‘Disk Management’ makes Check full article at WindowsLifestyle.com
  • 3 Top Reasons and Early Signs of Why Hard Drive Fails?

    AJ
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:03 am
    The prime media for data storage on computers are the hard drives with massive data storage capacities. You may easily get a hard drive with storage capacity in Terabytes, and Check full article at WindowsLifestyle.com
 
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    Business-Inspired Technology Solutions - The Aptera Blog

  • Facebook Algorithm Updates? Time To Rethink Your Social Strategies

    Alex Jonathan Brown
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    Earlier this week, Facebook announced changes to the algorithm that drives News Feed. They’re making changes that will stop favoring click-bait headlines that users might only stay on for a few seconds and will instead give better treatment to stories that users spend more time on an actively share to their friends. If you’re managing your company’s Facebook (or paying someone else to) you should read more about the changes. There’s another message buried in Facebook’s announcement, however: your Facebook strategy isn’t something you can do once and then forget about. That’s one…
  • Upcoming Nashville Event: UX and User Adoption in SharePoint - September 16, 2014

    Jen Booth
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Now more than ever, SharePoint is seeing a focus on the user experience that accompanies the expansive set of tools provided in the platform. There are new capabilities in place that, when used appropriately, can increase the potential for a successful implementation by providing an engaging user experience, truly dynamic content, and the ability to customize the user experience.  In this presentation, Scott will demonstrate these capabilities, and techniques, and show how SharePoint 2013 can be composed to provide a user experience that can match the powerful collaboration features that…
  • Upcoming Indianapolis Event: UX and User Adoption in SharePoint - September 23, 2014

    Jen Booth
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Now more than ever, SharePoint is seeing a focus on the user experience that accompanies the expansive set of tools provided in the platform. There are new capabilities in place that, when used appropriately, can increase the potential for a successful implementation by providing an engaging user experience, truly dynamic content, and the ability to customize the user experience.  In this presentation, Scott will demonstrate these capabilities, and techniques, and show how SharePoint 2013 can be composed to provide a user experience that can match the powerful collaboration features that…
  • The Corner View: An Introduction to Inbound Marketing

    Jen Booth
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This month in Aptera’s Corner View we talk with Brian Signorelli of HubSpot about the philosophy, the mechanics, and the successes of inbound marketing. As you will hear in this segment, the Internet has fundamentally changed the way people and companies buy, empowering them to form opinions and make purchasing decisions before they even talk to you. The best response to this is to provide dynamic content that makes your company a trusted resource and prevents potential clients from eliminating you as an option. This is one of the basic tenants of inbound marketing, a new service…
  • Learn What It Takes To Make Your Digital Marketing A Success

    Ron Mattocks
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    The term digital marketing can mean many different things to many people, but for business owners and executives it all comes down to results. What's the Return on Investment for your new website? Are you generating the right type of leads for sales? Is all this banner ad spending necessary? Furthermore, the digital marketing landscape is vast and complicated with many moving parts. But it doesn't have to be.  There is a Method to getting results from your digital marketing. Join us and our special guests from HubSpot on September 25th 2014 at 1 PM EST for an…
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    Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

  • How to Make the Overlapping Part of a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013

    Nuts & Bolts
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Have you ever seen a PowerPoint presentation with the middle portion of a Venn diagram formatted in a different color, and wondered how they pulled it off? Yes, you could simply add a transparency to the overlapping circles, creating a “hazy” effect in the middle…but what if you want to freely format that middle piece, […] The post How to Make the Overlapping Part of a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • Create Your Own Type of PowerPoint Animation, the Intentional False Animation

    Nuts & Bolts
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    Most people have heard of and used PowerPoint animations in their presentations. However, here at Nuts & Bolts Speed Training, we almost never use the ready-made animations found in the Insert tab. Why? Because animations don’t show up when you print your deck, and more often than not, they’re distracting. Instead, we create our own […] The post Create Your Own Type of PowerPoint Animation, the Intentional False Animation appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • 4 Things Most People Don’t Know They Can Do In PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    PowerPoint is a massive program with lots of capabilities built in, and there will always be things that not everyone knows about. Here are 4 awesome tricks we’ve found that 99% of people don’t know they can do in PowerPoint: #1: Break a table #2: Break SmartArt #3: Break up a list of bullets #4: […] The post 4 Things Most People Don’t Know They Can Do In PowerPoint appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • How to Stop Minor Issues From Derailing Your PowerPoint Productivity

    Taylor Croonquist
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Has your train of thought ever been derailed by something so simple as inserting a symbol? Here’s what happened to me. I was smack in the middle of writing a great pitch and building an awesome PowerPoint presentation. My creative engine was at full throttle, when suddenly everything ground to a screeching halt…I needed to […] The post How to Stop Minor Issues From Derailing Your PowerPoint Productivity appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • Part 3: Highlight Your Point Visually, Otherwise it’s Just Numbers

    Nuts & Bolts
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This is Part 3 of the “How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome” mini-series, designed to give you concrete tips, tricks, and examples that you can immediately use to ‘awesome-ify’ your presentations! Have you ever looked at a PowerPoint slide and had NO IDEA what the point of the slide was? Or even worse, maybe […] The post Part 3: Highlight Your Point Visually, Otherwise it’s Just Numbers appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
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    The Outlookers

  • Has Microsoft a "best in class" problem ? Not quite

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    If you are a Microsoft enthusiast, then maybe you read that piece by Kip over at Liveside. I’ve kind of “known” Kip for quite a while now. He and I used to be beta testers and MVP for Microsoft for MSN. I kind of stepped away when the Live brand was launched. I simply did not like it. But he went on and founded a pretty good Microsoft-related weblog.In his latest post, Kip made a confession. According to him, Microsoft does not have any “best in class” products on the consumer market. Well to be honest I kind of disagree with this statement. Of course. It would…
  • OneDrive for Windows Phone Gains Recycle Bin Access

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    If you use OneDrive on your Windows Phone (and really, you should) then you will now gain access to the recycle bin. basically it means that if you have deleted something by mistake, eitther on your phone or on your PC you will be able to restore it. The update is currently being pushed.
  • Microsoft could rename Internet Explorer

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    There is no doubt that Internet Explorer’s image has been largely affected by the previous version of the browser. However, since IE9, Microsoft is pushing more and more web standards in their software. Somehow, IE may need a change of name. it reminds me of Hotmail which gained a lot of feature but which was still affected by a negative image. In the end, Microsoft did  a name change. Here is a discussion  that recently took place on Reddit
  • Developers, write, edit and share your code using OneDrive

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    In addition to their Office Web apps, Microsoft added last year a notepad right into OneDrive. By default, it enables you to create a simple text file that you can review and edit right from OneDrive.com. Yet, there is a bit more to it. This plain notepad enables developers to directly write code and save a document with several file extensions. If you are a Web developer, you’ll be able to write a HTML document (.html), a stylesheet (.css), a PHP page (.php), an XML file (.xml) or a Python document (.py). If you develop software, you’ll be able to use the C# and C++ extensions.
  • Understanding your Skype subscription bundled in Office 365

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:40 am
    One of the benefits of Office 365 that has been largely promoted by Microsoft recently certainly is that ALL users now get 1 TB of storage on OneDrive. Yet, another feature that seems to be in the dark is Skype. Every single user also get 60 minutes of free Skype calling worldwide EACH MONTH. To me this is quite a great value proposition from Microsoft. Yet, now we have to really explain what those Skype credits mean because, as web user Joscelin Trouwbost pointed it out to me on Liveside, not everyone will get the same benefits in the end. If you live in Canada, China, Guam, Hong Kong…
 
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